Rangers suffer Billy Gilmour blow as Chelsea veto Scottish move
Rangers are set to be denied the chance to bring Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour back to Ibrox this summer, according to the Scottish Sun.
The newspaper claims the Champions League winners want the 20-year-old to remain in the Premier League, and thus a move to the Scottish Premiership champions will be vetoed.
It was reported by the BBC on Wednesday [23/06/21] that the Gers could sign the Scotland international on loan for the season if they progress to the group stages of the Champions League.
But their hopes look set to be dashed with newly-promoted Norwich City favourites to land him.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is said to believe that the Premier League is the only place for Gilmour to maintain his development.
Gilmour is an extremely talented player who has gained a swell of popularity recently, after his man of the match performance in Scotland’s 0-0 draw with England at Wembley last week.
That was his only outing at this summer’s Euro 2020, with a positive Covid-19 case costing him the chance to play in Tuesday’s crunch clash with Croatia.
He seems set to leave Chelsea on a temporary basis ahead of the 2021/22 campaign, but it was always a long shot to bring him back to Rangers where he began his career.
It shouldn’t be seen as a massive, blow, however. There would have been zero chance of inserting a permanent clause in his loan contract, meaning he would have returned to his parent club at the end of the season.
We may look to pursue loan targets towards the end of the transfer window if our budget becomes tight, but we should be aiming to avoid that market as much as possible and bring in our own permanent recruits.
These players can then be developed and either retained in the long term or sold on for profit.
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